Tags: buffy season eight

Lets Fight That Evil

Concerns about the latest relevations of Buffy Season Eight

Following what is happening in the San Degio Comic Con, Joss Whedon now has a co-writer for the final issues of Buffy Season Eight. A nice new shiney has attracted Joss' attention. I know that comics are not the best paying gig in the joint, but from the outset we were told that had nothing to do with Buffy Season Eight. Joss was doing it because he had a story to tell, and was going to tell it in comic book form. It was going to be canon. It was going to continue the BtVS verse.

We as fans eagerly awaited its release, happy that Joss was giving us something to sink our teeth into.

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Oh Joss, why to I feel like you have deserted your loyal Buffy fans, who have been there through thick and thin, and supported you. Not only in the Buffy!Verse but your other projects as well.

EDIT

stormwreath has trascribed the relevant parts of the panel here

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One Bloody Min

A (Not So), Hypothetical Question.

Ok, you are deeply invested in a TV programme. Probably love certain characters and actors, love the interaction on the screen. Love the individualism the actors give to the characters. The expression, emotion, humour and are enjoying it. You don't mind that the budget/techologial constraints mean that the special effects can be a little limited. In fact that could be part of the reason that you love the show. It has great dialogue, a great team behind the scenes, and a creator who seems to really care. It is his baby.

You have spent time and effort in the underlying themes of the show, maybe bought books on various critics talking about the cultural and significant references about the show. You have not just invested time, but also money.

You find other people who feel as passionately about the show, and the characters as well as the actors as yourself. You take up various fandom interests. It is your main hobby. When you come in the internet, a lot of your time is spend persuing messagesboards, sites, fanfic, art anything concerning the show. You are almost word perfect, these characters live in your head.

Then it changes meduim, the team changes, the actors are no longer there. The deeper message of the show seems to have altered, the characters are behaving in a way you didn't see on the show. The artwork is childish, and the characters seem to have regresses to younger version of themselves and be stunted in comparison to the great character development you witnessed on your beloved TV series. The great series seems to be being used to poke fun at others, inclucing certain fans.

Wouldn't you be hurt, angry and feel betrayed?

Yes this might be about Buffy Season Eight at Dark Horse, and the way IDW are treating Angel now
My star sign

My Dawn Theory!

I haven't got my comics, but have read some reviews of the latest Buffy Season Eight #16, and have come up with an idea about the ever changing Dawn. I would like this, but I suspect the theory is doomed in the water because of that!

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Ok, I can dream!
Guitar Christian

This and That

Well a typical with Bank Holiday Weekend, LJ has been quiet, so I have been lurking round the messageboards to see what is being said about the comics. Yes I even fortified myself with a cup of coffee and ventured into the Dark Horse Buffy one.

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Now off to enjoy the sunshine....WOW another Bank Holiday, with blue skies, Sun and Warm. No rain! Have we moved?
Angel, not fade away

Dollhouse, and will it have an effect on the comics

The Los Angeles Times has an article on the writers getting back to work after the strike, and how it will effect the up-coming pilot season here

It says about Dollhouse:-

"Gary Newman, chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, said the studio's development staff was in touch with its writers.

"We're not giving people hard-and-fast deadlines," he said. "We're just making them aware of the competitive advantage they'll get if they're able to turn their script in sooner rather than later."

Newman estimated that his studio had 50 to 60 pilot scripts in the works, including one from popular TV producer Joss Whedon, whose new Fox series, "Dollhouse," was ordered from a pitch two weeks before the strike began. Whedon is now busy writing both the pilot script and scenes for auditions."

So if Joss is busy working on Dollhouse, what, if any, effect would it have on the comics. Really "After the Fall" should carry on with Brian Lynch doing the writing. Joss has had his input in plotting it out with Brian, so, unless one of them come up with a brilliant new idea to use, it should be uneffected.

That leaves Buffy Season Eight. Of course Buffy always had other writers involved, and, as long as Joss has the guidelines about where he wants the comic to go, might have very little inpact at all. Or it could mean that they use more writers. It would be a shame if it meant the comic came out infrequently, as, at 40 issues, it is already a long undertaking. Missed months would be a blow to those of us following it!
Guitar Christian

Comic Vs TV what do you prefer?

sueworld2003 said "Trouble is as beautifully done as they are, they mainly served to push home to me how much I miss seeing those characters in a live action format." I was wondering how many others felt the same. Two polls under the cut.


Poll #1129330 Television Action

Are You Reading Buffy Season Eight

Yes
38(65.5%)
No
20(34.5%)

Are you enjoying the comic book format

yes
18(37.5%)
no
30(62.5%)

Do you miss the Television format

Yes
54(96.4%)
No
2(3.6%)

If you miss the television format, what do you miss. Can click more than one

The Actors
0(0.0%)
The Speed that we see the episodes, eg every week
0(0.0%)
The action visuals
0(0.0%)
The make-up
0(0.0%)
The spoken dialogue
0(0.0%)
The music
0(0.0%)
The chemistery of the actors working together
0(0.0%)
Something else I will tell you in comments
0(0.0%)

Are You Reading Angel: After the Fall

Yes
37(66.1%)
No
19(33.9%)

Are you enjoying the comic book format

Yes
29(64.4%)
No
16(35.6%)

Do you miss the Television format

Yes
48(90.6%)
No
5(9.4%)

If you miss the television format, what do you miss. Can click more than one

The Actors
0(0.0%)
The Speed that we see the episodes, eg every week
0(0.0%)
The action visuals
0(0.0%)
The make-up
0(0.0%)
The spoken dialogue
0(0.0%)
The music
0(0.0%)
The chemistery of the actors working together
0(0.0%)
Something else I will tell you in comments
0(0.0%)

Will the Comics ever totally take over from the TV series in enjoyment

Yes
1(1.8%)
No
51(91.1%)
Maybe, give it a bit more time
4(7.1%)

Will you accept the Comics as Canon?

Bufffy Season Eight
3(5.5%)
Angel: After the Fall
10(18.2%)
Both
16(29.1%)
Neither
26(47.3%)
Guitar Christian

Story Rec for Buffy Season 8

Have not got my copy of Buffy Season Eight #10, Anywhere but Here yet. I am waiting until the Angel: After the Fall issue comes out to get them all together. But have been reading reviews. I do have something I am considering discussing, but thought I would wait.

Today I read a story by beer_good_foamy called The Good Guys, a Buffy Season 8 - SPOILERS 8.10 take. It is really excellent, and I pretty much agreed with him. Go read it here
Guitar Christian

Waiting

Well "No Future for You" 4/4 has still not arrived. I phoned my comic book supplier, and he assured me it was posted on Friday. I am not too worried about it, except I have stayed away from reviews. I still haven't read 3/4 either. I thought if I read the last two in the arc together I may enjoy it more. I hope.

I am more worried I will not get my Angel: After the Fall #2 in time for Christmas. I voiced this concern to my comic guy, and he assured me he would do all he could to make sure I get it in time. Still have to depend on Royal Mail yet.

I shall also keep my thoughts on Season 8 off my journal I think, as it does tend to be a bit negative. I am not on the Dark Horse Message Board either, so no loss there. I do lurk, and it is like being back in time, with the shippers and Character bashers. So over that!

While Joss has said these comics are canon, I may just bow out of using them as such. I suspect a lot of other people are the same, and not buying the comics either. So I would still have many who would be on the same page as me.

In saying that I will give another story arc a chance before deciding what to do with buying/not buying the comics. I am not sure what I want to see when it comes to the Japanese story arc, but I have a few ideas that I would dread to see, and would totally pull me out of the story. I just hope they will not appear.